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WHAT I'LL DO FOR LANCASTER COUNTY
As County Treasurer, I’ll restore trust in the office by making it more transparent, letting citizens see exactly what’s happening with their tax dollars. I will modernize the DMV by eliminating credit card and debit card fees. Getting rid of these fees will speed up the lines at the DMV (as fewer people will be writing checks while everyone waits) and it’ll stop punishing residents who do their DMV business online. Forward-thinking communities like Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon have already eliminated these types of DMV fees, and I’ll do the same for Lancaster County. Finally, whether you prefer to go to the treasurer’s brick and mortar offices, or whether you prefer to go to the treasurer’s website, I’ll make your visit as efficient and user-friendly as possible.
I was the managing attorney of Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Migrant Law Project. I was responsible for the project’s budget, as well as an accurate accounting of labor hours, acres worked, and the collection of settlement funds for my clients. My cases at Legal Aid were often financially and legally complex. For example, I once represented 63 migrant farmworkers against Monsanto, the largest seed company in the world. I want to put my leadership, financial, and legal experiences to work for the people of Lancaster County as their next County Treasurer.
I grew up in Lincoln and graduated from East High in 1990. I earned a B.A. from U.N.K., M.A from U.N.L., Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. In college I served in the Nebraska Army National Guard. I also served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, as the student regent from U.N.K. I later became an attorney, working as a public defender in Omaha, a solo-practitioner in Lincoln, and eventually as the manager of the Migrant Law Project at Legal Aid of Nebraska, a non-profit organization. Currently, I teach Political Science full-time. I’m a NSEA labor union member, as is my wife, Megan, an Art teacher at Lincoln Public Schools. Together we’re raising our four-year-old daughter.